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A close up of the Eden Project as seen near our Fowey hotel

The plans to create a geothermal energy plant at the Eden Project look to be back on the table, as they have reportedly applied for an EU grant to complete the work.

Although planning permission for the project was first gained back in 2010, the plans were temporarily halted due to not being able to raise sufficient funding for the project.

However, it has now been reported that the attraction just a short distance from our Fowey hotel has applied for funding from the EU's £12m regeneration fund for Cornwall, in order to finish the project.

The plans for the plant would involve drilling holes three miles deep into the granite under one of the car parks. Water would then be pumped into the holes, and naturally heated by the Earth to a temperature of around 180°C, thanks to the Eden Project being built over a fault line.

The steam produced by this would then power turbines, providing enough energy for all the Eden Project's needs, as well as enough extra power for around 4,000 homes via the National Grid.

There will also be a number of businesses in a "heat park" that would work using the energy from the plant. Businesses under consideration include a medical centre to treat patients suffering from skin conditions such as eczema, greenhouses to grow fruit and vegetables, a laundry service, and a fish farm for species that require warm water, including catfish and tropical prawns.

The plant will take a reported three years to complete, and will be only the second geothermal plant in the UK, which will help contribute considerably to the UK's plans for a secure energy future.

 

Photo courtesy of Patrick Charpiat, under Creative Commons

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